Mikumi National Park

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About Mikumi National Park

The open horizons and abundant wildlife of the Mkata Floodplain, the popular centerpiece of Mikumi, is often compared to the more famous Serengeti Plains. The park is very accessible by surfaced road from Dar es Salaam.

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Pros and Cons
  • Good sightings of less common antelope such as eland, greater kudu and sable
  • Guided walks available
  • Excellent mid-range lodges with prices aimed at expats from Dar es Salaam
  • En route to better known parks in the south such as Selous and Ruaha
  • Suitable for a weekend get-away from Dar es Salaam
  • Only one-road circuit accessible to tourists
  • Lack of wilderness appeal with the Tanzam highway running straight through the park
  • Animals are scattered during the Wet season, and some lodges are closed from March to May


The grasslands of Mikumi support large herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and impala. Giraffe and elephant are also common. Predators, such as lion and spotted hyena, are present but sightings are less common than in some of the more popular parks.
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The 80% portion of Mikumi southeast of the Tanzam Highway is inaccessible to tourists. The 60km circuit open to tourists is on the Mkata River floodplain, comprised of open grassland interspersed with acacia woodland and the odd baobab tree.

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By Eleanore Avery from United StatesUS

I would not advise as a final destination, but it is good along with Selous and Ruaha which offer great river activity.

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